Carnegie Library Lab open for applications

January 9, 2018

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The Carnegie UK Trust is delighted to announce that applications are now open for a new round of the Carnegie Library Lab programme. This is the third round of Library Lab, which provides a unique opportunity for public library staff across the UK and Ireland to develop skills, expertise and experience in innovation and leadership.

Successful applicants, who will be known as Carnegie Partners, will take part in the programme from June 2018 and September 2019.

The Library Lab initiative offers:

  • financial support for participants to develop and deliver an innovative, practical project in their local library service;
  • exclusive access to a bespoke online learning programme to support innovation, leadership and skills development;
  • access to an external mentor to assist with project management and personal development;
  • networking events including face-to-face meetings and online platform; and
  • an external evaluation.

The Trust is looking for applicants in early or mid-management roles that have an innovative idea that they would like to implement or develop in their library, and who have a commitment to self-development and collaborative working.

The Carnegie UK Trust has supported 13 participants to date, across two cohorts, to deliver a wide variety of innovative projects and progress professionally.

To apply for the new round of Carnegie Library Lab, individuals working in the public library service should complete the online application form with reference to the Application Notes and FAQs. Applicants can read about Cohort 2’s experiences here and Cohort 1’s experiences here.

The deadline for completed applications is Thursday 5th April at 5pm. If you have any queries please email [email protected]


To coincide with the opening of the application process, the Trust has today published a final ‘snapshot’ report from the second cohort of Library Lab Partners, outlining their key achievements and progress.  Six Partners took part in the second round of Carnegie Library Lab to develop and deliver the following projects:

  • ‘Adopt a Book’: a British Library inspired project to enable library users and book enthusiasts within Devon and further afield to fund restoration works on specific books held by the Library.
  • ‘Cook2Learn’: cookery workshops in libraries in North Somerset to develop people’s cooking skills, promote healthy lifestyles, numeracy and literacy.
  • ‘Art In-formation’: working with young people within a disadvantaged area in Bridgend by delivering short courses in creative subjects.
  • ‘History in Action on the Screen’: utilising green screen technology to enable young people and volunteer community groups in Falkirk to film and share short locally relevant historical pieces.
  • ‘IT Makes Sense!’: working with Kings College London to develop and deliver IT and coding classes aimed at adults not in employment, education or training, care leavers and ex-offenders in one of the most deprived districts in London.
  • ‘A Sense of Place’: series of events and workshops to bring together people from different backgrounds in the post-conflict context of Northern Ireland to celebrate their cultural heritage.